Discovery Park

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This 534-acre nature park boasts extensive trails and breathtaking views amid lush nature. It occupies most of the historic Fort Lawton site and features … See more

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Jul 30, 2023
Beautiful, woodsy trails and gorgeous views. We hiked down from the visitor's center area to the beach and the Westpoint Lighthouse. Saw a picturesque view of Mount Ranier on the horizon and the boat… Full review by DarrenwJarvis
Apr 1, 2023
While it's not as wooded or hilly, Discovery Park is immense with great trails and views of the Sound. It's hard to believe when you're deep within that you're still very much in Seattle. Full review by Cal337
Feb 3, 2023
One of my favorite places in Seattle area! This has a paved and dirt trail that runs for a couple miles in a loop. An easy walk. The far side of the park is next to the water. Beautiful view with a … Full review by derikh2023

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We are being dropped off at Ballard Locks and wondering how far of a walk is it to Discovery Park? Is there a nice …
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We are being dropped off at Ballard Locks and wondering how far of a walk is it to Discovery Park? Is there a nice walking path for 2 people who will not have a car? We have about 4 hours to spend in the area including the locks. Thank you
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I am not familiar with the locks but I will tell you there is a walking path to the lighthouse but it is a very LONG walk from the nature center where it begins. Parking at Discovery …
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I am not familiar with the locks but I will tell you there is a walking path to the lighthouse but it is a very LONG walk from the nature center where it begins. Parking at Discovery Park is very limited also. I suggest you google map it.
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Hello, what is the best way to get there from downtown if you do not have a car? Uber/Lyft or public transportation? Thank you1
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We had a car. I would have used Uber if not. It's well worth a visit. Enjoy!
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I have a question about the South Ship Canal Trail from Discovery Park/Ballard locks. We are biking with a family …
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I have a question about the South Ship Canal Trail from Discovery Park/Ballard locks. We are biking with a family of 10, including a 10 and 12 year old. Is the trail off the main Seattle roads or do you have to use bike lanes on the busy roads. Thank you
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My experience is that the trail mostly follows the road with a defined bike path (both directions) on one side of the street. The road from the Fremont/Ballard area in the direction of the …
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My experience is that the trail mostly follows the road with a defined bike path (both directions) on one side of the street. The road from the Fremont/Ballard area in the direction of the park (Gilman Avenue W) is uphill and though gradual could be challenging.
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Is there a lot of parking by the trailheads? I'd like to organize a group to go on a hike and want to make sure everyone in …
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Is there a lot of parking by the trailheads? I'd like to organize a group to go on a hike and want to make sure everyone in the group can park their cars.
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Yup, lots of parking, but it's a ways to the beach if you are interested in that. Also, right when you get to the beach there is a sign that says NO DOGS, which is a bummer if you …
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Yup, lots of parking, but it's a ways to the beach if you are interested in that. Also, right when you get to the beach there is a sign that says NO DOGS, which is a bummer if you have one. However, I have noticed that there are always dogs on the beach anyways.
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